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La Marseillaise – French national anthem

La Marseillaise

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La Marseillaise – 'the one from Marseille' – is the name of the French national anthem. It’s said to have been written by Rouget de Lisle, during the French revolution, in 1792. It was written during very trying times, as a result, its extremely violent lyrics are a call to kill the enemy in revenge.

It has had many different versions. Nowadays, mainly the first chorus and verse are sung.

.Here is a version of La Marseillaise and its translation.

Allonsenfants de la Patrie .... Let’s go, children of Homeland

Le jour de gloire est arrivé ! .... The day of glory has arrived!

Contre nous de la tyrannie .... Against us tyranny’s

L'étendard sanglantest levé .... Bloody flag is raised!

L'étendard sanglantest levé .... Bloody flag is raised!

Entendez-vous dans nos campagnes .... Do you hear, in our countryside,

Mugir ces féroces soldats ? .... These fierce soldiers roaring?

Ils viennent jusque dans vos bras .... They are coming all the way to your arms

Égorger vos fils, vos compagnes ! .... To slit the throats of your sons, your partners!

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Related: Visit Marseille .

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